UNA Orange County Chapter Honors Ken and Barbara Tye Co-Presidents, 2008-2009
The Orange County chapter is proud to honor Dr. Ken Tye and Dr. Barbara Tye for their leadership and commitment to the UNA mission. In addition to their work with the UNA, the Tyes have a long and storied history of community leadership and commitment. Ken Tye was widely known throughout California in the 1970s for his work in organization and leadership development, and for his work at UCLA with John Goodlad on several important studies of schooling and educational change. By 1979 he had also become an early leader in the new national movement to infuse global perspectives into the K-12 curriculum.
Barbara Benham joined the Goodlad team in 1977, and in addition to her work on the Study of Schooling, by 1979 she was collaborating with Ken on the evaluation of global education materials being used by teachers in a number of states. When the Study of Schooling was completed in 1980, Ken and Barb got married and went to work as education consultants for two years in Oslo, Jakarta, and Dubai.
By the fall of 1984, the Tyes had settled in as full-time faculty in the Education Department at what was then Chapman College. In addition to teaching and leadership (Ken was the Department Chair), a generous grant from a foundation in Texas enabled them to pursue their shared interest in K-12 global education. For four years they and a small staff worked closely with teachers at ten local elementary and secondary schools in an effort to answer the question, What does it take to bring a global perspective to a school? They reported their findings at national conferences and in a book, Global Education: A Study of School Change (1992). Ken has continued to be very involved in the movement since his retirement in 1993, and was honored with the 2011 Global Educator of the Year Award by the National Council for the Social Studies. In June his first novel, At the Point of the Bay, was published. Barb retired in 2008, but still teaches part-time and coordinates the international programs in Chapman University’s College of Educational Studies.
Both Tyes have traveled widely over the years and have lived overseas both individually and together. Ken taught in DOD schools in Germany and in a teacher-training project with Crossroads Africa in Liberia; Barb did folklore research on a Fulbright grant in Afghanistan, prior to the Soviet occupation. Together, they have lived and worked for shorter periods in New Zealand and in Italy.
As UNA-OC co-presidents in 2008 and 2009, the Tyes worked to expand the Board of Directors, bringing new energy to the chapter. Ken established the chapter’s respected intern program for college students, and Barb continues to coordinate it. Although currently less active in the chapter, the Tyes still follow its work with enthusiasm and are able to attend most of its events. They are proud of the increasing visibility of the chapter in Orange County and of the dedication of its Board and interns.
Congratulations, Ken and Barb, on this well deserved honor for the fantastic work you’ve done in reviving, leading, and supporting the Orange County chapter of the UNA.